Elegant. Proud. Clever. Poodles are impressive dogs, as the many best-in-show winners from this dog breed can attest.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Poodle.
While commonly associated with France, the poodle actually is of German origin, possibly descending from the barbet. The breed became "set" in type in the 1800s, although earlier examples of poodle-like dogs are known. The word poodle comes from the German "pudel" meaning puddle or splash.
2) Working Dog
What do poodles have to do with puddles? While poodles today have connotations of wealth and luxury, they were bred to work. The athletic dogs are excellent swimmers and were used by hunters to retrieve ducks and other birds from the water. They even have a “soft mouth,” so they can gently pick up wounded or dead game. In France, the dogs were called caniche, or “duck dog.”
In England, Spain, France and Germany, truffle mushrooms were considered a delicacy, and Poodles were the ideal dog to sniff them out. Their soft mouths and small paws were gentle enough not to damage the mushrooms. Owners would begin training Poodle puppies and their excellent noses to hunt mushrooms as early as 4 months old!
4) Super Smart
Poodles are one of the smartest breeds, second only to the border collie in rankings of canine intelligence. Their smarts make them extremely easy to train and a favorite of circuses. In the 1800s, they were often dressed in miniature human clothing and trained to act out elaborate scenes.
5) Coat Purpose
Since these dogs were jumping into freezing cold water, they needed protection. Too much wet fur would weigh them down, so hunters would strategically shear their hair. The pattern was meant to protect vital areas from cold waters.
6) National Dog
Though the Poodle is famous throughout Europe, the French have loved the dog since the 1500s and have even made it their national dog! So it may be a good idea to refer to its highness as Le Poodle or Le Woof.
Poodles are notorious for their intelligence and ease of training. They are lively, active, fun-loving dogs with a sense of the ridiculous. Poodles thrive on attention and can develop bad habits such as nuisance barking if ignored or left alone. The smaller poodles can be aggressive to people outside their families or to other dogs. They should have early socialization to other people and pets and a firm hand in training. Poodles can be protective of their families and homes. It should be remembered that poodles are basically hunting dogs in elegant attire and do require exercise and training to be at their best as companion dogs.
The poodle is the only dog that comes in three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. These terms only describe the dogs’ size, and the American Kennel Club considers them all the same breed.
The Poodle may be a high class pooch, but it's also great for people who suffer from dog allergies. Even better, they shed very little of their fur. Also, for those with sensitive noses, Poodles tend to be odorless.
Grooming is a fact of life with a poodle. With the tendency of the coat to mat, poodles should have a close clip or be groomed almost daily. Show coats require frequent baths, the tying up of topknots and ear fringes and oiling of the coat to keep it from getting brittle. A steady hand on the scissors is also important.